Golf carts damaged in country club break-in

January 20, 2010 7:04:31 AM PST
There's potentially thousands of dollars in damages after a vandalism spree at a local country club. And police say they may have gotten away with it if they hadn't left something important behind. It happened at the Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land. Police only found the suspects because one of the teenagers left a wallet behind in one of the carts.

Investigators say the Dulles High School freshman admits driving around in the carts with five of his friends, but he claims he didn't take the carts out and that he wasn't the one who drove the cart into the lake.

From SkyEye13, we could see one of the golf carts still in Jane Long Lake near the club. It is one of 13 carts which club officials say were taken Sunday night for a joy ride around the course. The incident already has club members calling for someone to take responsibility.

"Get the parents out here and let them fix the course and pay the fines," said one club member with whom we spoke.

All the carts were significantly banged up. The general manger there says most have broken axles. There's undercarriage damage you can't see and some are missing windshields.

The carts were found scattered around the course Sunday night, some left in ditches after being driven so hard they were inoperable.

"I thought they must have been pretty hard up for entertainment, that's for sure," said club member Cathy Enlow. "What a terrible thing to do."

The country club's GM admits it doesn't appear to have been difficult for the teens to have broken into the storage building where the carts are kept. He says they just peeled back some of its metal exterior. Police say they are interviewing those believed involved.

"I think that they need to be held accountable," said club member Mark Sterzenback. "That's the gist of it all. They need to be held accountable."

No charges have been filed, but they are likely, says an official with the Sugar Land Police Department. Police say they're interviewing six teens in all.